Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Trains Don't Sleep

Trains Don't Sleep. Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum. Illustrated by Deidre Gill. 2017. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]

First sentence: Trains are humming, coming near, coupled cars from front to rear. Rumbling, grumbling, screech and squeal, rolling, trolling wheels on steel.

Premise/plot: Do you have a little one with a one-track mind? If you have a train-loving little one, this is a must. I wouldn't go so far as to say it is exactly a day-in-the-life of a train. But. It comes close to being just that. The book begins and ends with dawn approaching.

My thoughts: This train book reads like a poem. And I mean that in the best possible way! Trains and rhythm almost go together naturally you might say. This one certainly captures a beautiful rhythm which makes it a great read aloud choice.
Puffing, chuffing, never yawning, climbing hills as day is dawning.
Sky-high trestle, canyon sights. Trains are not afraid of heights.
This one includes a glossary which illustrates and defines elements of the story.
Reefer: a refrigerated boxcar that keeps food cold.
Speaking of the illustrations, they are BEAUTIFUL. I loved, loved, loved them.

I will warn you: THERE IS A PICTURE OF A CLOWN within this book. But even so, I LOVED this one and highly recommend it!

Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Total: 10 out of 10

© 2017 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

1 comment:

Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum said...

Thanks for your kind words, Becky! Toot-toot!
Andria Rosenbaum